With today's over saturated
music business, a lot of artist/producers want
to know how to get the big players, the gatekeepers
to listen to their music and HOPEFULLY sign
them or cut them a check. If that's something
you're trying to do I can honestly tell you
for myself it's all about the way you market
YOURSELF. Jay z said it best "I'm not a
businessman, I'm a business man." Your
creativity is one thing but if you don't know
how to market yourself effectively you won't
get heard by anyone let alone a A&R.
Professional musicians only
work with other musicians who are totally committed
to success in the music business. For instance,
here is a one question test to help you understand
if your band is near or at the professional
level: Would every member in your band cancel
all their plans to go on a huge tour throughout
the country (that could possibly results in
losing substantial money in the short term),
in order to increase the chances of gaining
more profitable opportunities in the band's
future? If the answer is no, then your band
is a long way away from reaching the pro level.
To find out how to fix this situation for your
band, read this article about pursuing music
as a full time career.
developed a system of individual metal reeds
that each contained a blob of solder on its
tip. The lower pitch reeds were larger and the
higher ones smaller.The reeds by themselves
were near each desired pitch and the addition
of solder to the tip allowed a reed to be tuned
to exact pitch by either filing away solder
to slightly raise its pitch or add solder to
lower the pitch. This was a sometimes maddening
method needed to attain the correct pitch. If
you filed off too much, then you had to add
solder to the reed and start filing again. The
reeds were struck and made to vibrate by the
keys which were made of wood. These keys, unlike
the flimsy plastic keys on modern keyboards,
were one solid piece that extended from the
playing area back into the keyboard and when
played the back end pivoted up and struck the
Restoring an instrument that
suffered severe damage. It’s inevitable
that, if you operate a lutherie shop long enough,
you will get your fair share of clients bringing
you instruments that had severe damage occur.
And I’m not just talking about the usual
broken headstock repair. I’m talking about
acoustic instruments that have had their tops
caved in, or sides cracked badly, etc. Such
was the case with this month’s example.
This was a brand new guitar, by the way. It’s
one thing for an instrument that has seen better
days to be brought in with severe damage needing
repair. But it’s a whole other thing when
it’s a brand new instrument that needs
to be restored to showroom quality.
Turning up late. To everything.
Every. Single. Time.
Do you have some sort of disease that makes
it impossible for you turn up on time?
We even developed an elaborate system where
we tell you a time 2 hours earlier than when
we need to arrive. You’re STILL an hour
I've been looking for gigs
lately, I've never seen so many free and low
paying gigs. Well the economy is bad, so I can
understand that a little bit. However, it is
no longer good enough for the musician to be
willing to perform for little compensation.
Now we are expected to also be the venue promoter?
The expectations are that the band will not
only provide great music, but also bring lots
of people to their venue. It is now the band’s
responsibility to make this happen, not the
Those of us who have been around
for over 40 years know a little bit more about the
evolution of the music industry than our younger counterparts.
Remember the 45? You know back when the Jackson 5
was a group and Michael Jackson had an afro? You had
an A side and a B side. Then there was the LP and
the 8 tracks. Most of us bought singles in those days
because it was all we could afford. However, we got
the music we wanted and record labels made money.
Even when the tape recorder came out and we started
recording our favorite songs off of the radio the
industry still made money.
A band is a unique and complex relationship,
and with so many different personalities and goals
among band members, things can sometimes get tricky.
Some people are direct, some are passive, some are
more organized than others. "Musicians are sensitive
and odd creatures," says songwriter/guitarist
Paul Hansen of indie folk band The Grownup Noise.
"So inevitably, it will be a dysfunctional, but
hopefully loving, family."
Mental illness and music isn't a
subject that is often discussed, but it is one that
affects a disproportionate number of musicians. Many,
probably most of us, can think of a time that music
listening to it, playing guitar, writing and performing
songs helped us through a difficult time in our lives.
I know I can. Playing music is a way of achieving
catharsis, to deal with our emotions by expressing
them. I'm a long way from the troubled teenager I
once was, but even now, there's nothing like grabbing
an axe and rocking out to lift my mood if I get low.
These are some of the worst and most
common hoaxes because they seem so benign but they
can easily cost you a lot of money without getting
you anywhere. They tend to disguise themselves in
the form of some sort of legitimate opportunity from
a legitimate business whether it be getting your song
played on the radio, getting you a record deal, or
letting you play a showcase in front of a big time
A&R rep. The common thread though is that they
will all ask you for money to get access. With the
exception of membership-based organizations like ASCAP
or The Recording Academy, press, marketing, or radio
promotion agencies, or a qualified professional industry
consultant (determining that requires research though),
there are hardly any legitimate music businesses that
will charge you in order to get access to a career
opportunity (and honestly the aforementioned companies
aren't charging you for access, they're charging for
their services- but I didn't want to confuse anyone
into thinking they are not legitimate businesses because
they cost money).
Congratulations, your album is finally
finished and you are ready to share your masterpiece
with the world! You have already read "The Secret
to Using Social Media to Build a Massive Base"
and you are eager to implement those ideas and promote
your project. You have gathered a list of websites,
DJs, booking agents, A&R's and promoters to begin
networking. Well... on that list is a sketchy promoter,
an unethical booking agent and a commercial DJ waiting
to take your money. There are members of the music
community who prey on unsigned musicians. "The
music business is a cruel and shallow money trench,
a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run
free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative
side."-Hunter S. Thompson.